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Originally Posted by jersidevil View Post
In a post I made earlier we started discussing Valve's Steam software and I got answers from 2 or 3 people but I thought I'd dedicate a whole thread to it.

In your reply try to answer the following:
1.Pros and Cons
2.Is it intrusive like other DRM software (ie. SecuROM)
3.Is it worth it for Valve games
4.Is removal easy?


I am totally against DRM and I DO NOT want to be treated like a criminal just so some so a few people can make a few bucks more. So that's why I'm so curious before I install it.

Thanx a ton guys
Steam includes a form of DRM. It does not install a rootkit, it does not leave your system vulnerable to any known form of attack, and it does not use a large amount of resources. For example, the difference between RAM usage on my sig rig with Steam loaded and unloaded is only .03%. Steam does periodically call home, but only to check for updates for the client or games. Game validation is done as the game loads, not at random times.

Steam has to be running to play the games, but it can be set to not run at system startup. If you are on a slow connection, or if you just want to, you can run Steam in "offline mode" where it will not validate games or check for updates. Steam can not run in offline mode forever though, as it does require you to validate the games eventually.

The cost of Steam games is often disputed. I find it a decent value (acceptable at least) but only because the nearest game store is over an hour away. I don't like the idea of paying full price for a digital download, but I compromise and buy most of my games on sale. I was recently able to get HL1 for 98 cents, and STALKER for $5 through Steam. Steam has sales every weekend, so you can usually find something you want at a low price.

Uninstalling Steam, or any Steam based game, is as simple as installing any other program. They are all listed in the programs section of the control panel, and right click>uninstall is all it takes.
 
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Steam is truly a great piece of software.

Pros: You can download your games anywhere. The Chat system is amazing, much better than xfire imo. It saves me trips to the store. There is no true DRM, but you can't give the game to anyone (well unless you give them the password to your steam account).

Cons: Uh, idk?
    
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I have been using Steam for a while now and it has not let me down at all. I would say Steam is one of Valve's greatest creations. It is totally worth.
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Very useful, I didn't read all the other posts, but here is my opinion on it:

Constant Sales

CSS and CS + CS CZ I got for $10 each

More and more games are available


AFORDABLE GAMING almost makes you want to buy games instead of torrent them

Very reliable and entertaining, won't bother you with stupid features

Does not threaten your pirated stuff, and I have tons of it.




Go for steam, worth every penny
post #15 of 23
I for one am not the biggest proponent of steam. It's not that I'm against it, I'm just kind of indifferent towards it.

Mainly I don't like that I can't sell my games when I'm done with them. And I prefer to have physical discs - I don't like that I can't even sell those since the games are tied to my Steam account. In that regard, it's total nonsense. If that's not DRM, I don't know what is.
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One thing I love about Steam is you can buy things without having to wait for the delivery :] the download doesn't take long (except for GTA 4 that took forever). Games are also quite cheap on Steam (they are for where I live anyway) and the occasional deal is awesome.

The only bad thing I can think of is you can't get refunds... They should really implement that. Maybe a system for example if you're £5 short of buying Left 4 Dead you can exchange that £5 game you brought a while ago for it. And to stop people abusing it so they can play every game for the price of one then add in a time limit of two weeks per trade or something.
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DRM is included with games that normally include it except where stated otherwise. (ie: Far Cry 2, GTA4)
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i strongly recommend you to download and install it
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I for one am not the biggest proponent of steam. It's not that I'm against it, I'm just kind of indifferent towards it.

Mainly I don't like that I can't sell my games when I'm done with them. And I prefer to have physical discs - I don't like that I can't even sell those since the games are tied to my Steam account. In that regard, it's total nonsense. If that's not DRM, I don't know what is.
It's one thing to say you get what you pay for. I understand anything digital is probably bad, because if you don't have a physical backup, and things go awry, and you can't reattain your information, you'd essentially be royally screwed. Then, there's the other side of it, which you mentioned, and I understand. I'd like to sell some of my games. Although, if I wanted them back, I'd be hard up, because I'd have to sell my account with them. I have a freaking humongous account, and I've utilized Steam since I've known if it at around 2006-ish. I'd feel naked without my account. I've dumped nearly a grand into it. But that also means I've got a lot of games to tote. Hey. When I get bored, I've got a selection to choose from. Same with my PS3. Same with my Wii.

So, it goes without saying, Steam is worth it. There's a hell of a lot to have, if you dig around. Good game series, good MMOs, and everyone seems to be joining the bandwagon. And you know when EA makes the move, something has to be up. Steam isn't a pioneer, but they've carved their name into the retail/etail gaming market in spades.
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It IS free.
    
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